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STEVE BENSON    05 08 15

Peninsula Peace and Justice organizational meeting

May 6, 2015 in the Howard Room, Blue Hill Public Library
Judy, Peter, Ron, Lawton, Steve

Josh Ruebner, with US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, author of two books, including Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker a Palestinian Peace, will speak in Blue Hill in the Howard Room of the Library on May 13 as one of four Maine talks on his current state-wide tour.  PPJ will cosponsor with Maine BDS coalition, Americans Who Tell the Truth, and Island Peace & Justice . Josh will talk on what to expect after the recent Israeli election. 

Judy reports 30 people responded in statements of support of the continuance of the Memorial Field of Flags, many pledging help with the work or funding needed. Respondents to PPJ’s request for feedback this year have included several who are not regularly seen working at tasks on the field itself.  Judy has requested permission to use the field again this year for this purpose. Traditionally the flags have been installed by Memorial Day each spring. 

Bob Schaible, chair of Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights, wrote to PPJ and other groups seeking co-signers for a letter intended to recruit potential responders to crises and imminent decisions related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He seeks to increase the number of those who might contact congresspeople when such issues arise to spark an action alert. We agree to sign on to the letter, while also suggesting to Bob think about some minor revisions to the actual letter he would send out. 

On June 27, from one p.m. till a couple hours before dark, rain or shine, the 40th Anniversary End of the Vietnam War Concert at Lawty Vogel’s farm in Penobscot will include musical groups as well as some prayers and poems appropriate to the occasion. Lawton has been inviting peace advocates, veterans, fire departments, religious leaders, and other groups that represent the interests of veterans of the Vietnam War. Sheriffs and fire department plan to help organize parking. Lawton hopes it will be fun as a group event while seriously integrating recognition of the costs of war.

Steve will screen Vietnam: Long Time Coming to consider PPJ showing it on June 26. 

Bonnie will write a press release and introduce the film Pride on May 29th at Blue Hill Library’s Howard Room, at 7:00 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by PPJ and Alliance for Democracy Downeast.

 

 - - - minutes by Steve Benson